A Brief History of the Electronic Cigarette

The first electronic cigarette was created by Herbert Gilbert in 1963. The device that he created, heated the nicotine solution and produced steam. Many companies approached him for the development and manufacturing of his idea but it's potential wasn't fully realised.

After that electronic cigarettes went through a varied timeline of events.


An earlier version of today’s e-cigarette was invented in 2003 by Hon Lik, a Chinese pharmacist. When his father died of lung cancer he decided to do something about his smoking habit. He designed an electronic device and nicotine e-liquid to be used with it. Using an atomizer to heat up the liquid, the heated liquid produces a vapour that one could then inhale. Hon formed his own company and his design is the foundation of today's modern e-cigarette.

The electronic cigarette was introduced to the U.S. market in 2007 as an alternative to smoking tobacco. E-cigarettes don’t have the toxic elements and actual tobacco that normal cigarettes do. Because of the non-tobacco element, e-cigarettes are not subject to U.S. tobacco laws. Although there are some concerns that this may promote nicotine addiction among kids, some regulatory agencies are taking a close look on how to put restrictions in place on the use of e-cigarettes.

Soon afterwards, it became illegal in the UK to smoke in public places and in Parliament it was decided that e-cigarettes are not subject to the same legislation as tobacco cigarettes. In 2008 the World Health Organisation (WHO) made it difficult for companies to market electronic cigarettes because their reason was that it should not be marketed as a smoking cessation.

In 2009, President Obaman signed into law the family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco control Act 18, allowing the FDA to regulate the tobacco industry. New tobacco products will be required to meet the FDA pre-market standards and this could have an affect on electronic cigarette regulation. The MHRA (medicines and healthcare products regulatory agency) announced in 2013 that the UK government will regulate electronic cigarettes as a medicine from 2016.

Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies said: “Smokers are harmed by the deadly tar and toxins in tobacco smoke, not the nicotine. “While it’s best to quit completely, I realise that not every smoker can and it is much better to get nicotine from safer sources such as nicotine replacement therapy. “More and more people are using e-cigarettes, so it’s only right these products are properly regulated to be safe and work effectively.” The amount of people using these devices around the world steadily increase the future of the electronic cigarette.


What is an e-Cigarette?

The electronic cigarette is also known as an “e-cigarette” or electronic nicotine delivery system which is a device that simulates the act of smoking.

How do e-Cigarettes work?

It generally uses a heating element that vaporizes a liquid solution. These liquids can be mixed with nicotine and/or other flavourings. The e-cigarette consists of three componets namely a heating element, power source (battery) and a reservior. As soon as the heating element is activated by using the power source (battery), the device converts liquid nicotine into a mist, or vapor, that the user inhales.

What do you inhale from an e-Cigarette?

Most e-liquids are comprised of 3 main ingredients:

  • Propylene glycol and/or vegetable glycerin
  • Concentrated flavor
  • Liquid nicotine concentrate

Propylene glycol (PG) is the most commonly base for e-liquid. It’s a non toxic compound that is used in a wide viriaty of products including edibles. Vegetable glycerin (VG) is a natural organic glycerol made from vegetable oil and is used for medical, pharmaceutical, and personal care products, for food additives and preservatives.

The vapour that the user inhales from an e-cigarette consists of water vapour, nicotine and PG/VG which is non toxic.

Why use e-Smoke?

  • No more Smoke, ash and much safer than traditional cigarettes
  • No smell associated with burning cigarettes
  • E-Smoke is much cheaper than tobacco cigarettes
  • No Tar or carbon dioxide
  • Be more social

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